Speaker: Terry Elms, Jeremy Trotman & Brian Eva
Delivery level: All levels
The objective of this CES are to provide a clear understanding of Ethics in Professional Hygiene Activities and Personal Conduct as members of the AIOH. This is a interactive CES and a number of case studies and group discussions will be worked through to reinforce the expectations around ethical conduct.
CES 2 : OCCUPATIONAL LUNG DISEASES
Speaker: Ryan Hoy
Delivery level: Intermediate
This session will be led by Dr Ryan Hoy. Dr Hoy is a Respiratory and Sleep Disorders Physician. He obtained a Master's degree of Occupational and Environmental Health at Monash University in 2009. He has ongoing involvement in research and teaching in the field of occupational causes of lung disease as Research Fellow at the Monash University School of Public Health. His clinical practice is based at Cabrini Malvern and he is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Department of Respiratory Medicine at The Alfred Hospital.
Co-presenters in this session will include:
A/Prof Deborah Yates, a Respiratory Physician in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at the St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of NSW. She has published widely in the field of occupational lung disease including, coal workers pneumoconiosis, asbestos-related disorders and occupational asthma.
Prof Malcolm Sim, an Occupational Physician and epidemiologist who leads a research team at Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH). His main research interests include the risks of chronic diseases from occupational and environmental exposures, and occupational disease surveillance.
Prof Bruce Thompson heads the Respiratory Physiology Service at the Alfred Hospital, where his team performs lung function tests on more than 7000 patients per year. Prof Thompson was involved in review of the lung function component of the Queensland Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme undertaken by Monash University in 2016.
A/Prof Deborah Glass is an occupational hygienist works in the field of exposure assessment for epidemiology with the Monash University School of Public Health. Her projects include the Heath Watch petroleum industry cohort study, the longest running occupational cohort study in Australia. She has been a member of the American Conference of Governmental Occupational Hygienists (ACGIH) TLV committee since 2006.
Occupational exposures are an important determinant of respiratory health. International estimates note that about 15% of adult-onset asthma, 15% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 10–30% of lung cancer may be attributable to hazardous occupational exposures. One-quarter of working asthmatics either have had their asthma caused by work or adversely affected by workplace conditions.
Greg is a Certified Occupational Hygienist with over 15 years’ hands-on experience. Working as Simtars Principal Occupational Health and Hygiene Specialist since 2009, he manages Simtars Occupational Hygiene Group and the delivery of NATA accredited occupational hygiene services across Queensland, interstate and internationally.
Greg is the technical health and hygiene lead for the Redbank and Mackay offices. He is a NATA signatory for all Simtars occupational hygiene services and has wide ranging experience in the anticipation and identification of occupational health risks, the development of exposure assessment strategies and providing advice in practical control methodologies.
The Gas Test Atmospheres course provides training on the skills and knowledge required to test the atmosphere to determine if it is safe for the proposed work. Participants will gain the skills required to select, use and maintain electronic gas detectors. The Gas Test Atmospheres course is suitable for new and experienced workers who are required to use gas detector equipment, particularly individuals who are required to undertake gas testing of an atmosphere prior to entering a specific area, underground coal mines, confined spaces or any other workspace.
Participants will be required to complete a written assessment and practical assessments. On successful completion of the course and assessments, participants will be issued with a
Statement of Attainment.
CES 4 : MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION
Speaker: Erina Reddan
Delivery level: All levels
Erina is a Walkley Award winning journalist, who has held management, reporter and foreign correspondent positions in the media for over a decade. Erina has combined her significant media experience with ten years in corporate communications, working with CEO’s and their teams to build effective communication strategies that are measurable. She has worked with key “at risk” organisations in their crisis preparation for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Objectives of the Media Awareness training which are to develop participants media skills to identify what and how they can contribute actively with AIOH to promote a better and safer
workplace environment; and to provide participants with a clear media training development path to become ongoing and active spokespeople for the organisation. The media awareness training will cover the following points: The Media’s Agenda – Perception, Headlines & Deadlines; A Media Preparation Model; Practising crafting and communicating a ‘quotable quote’; Your agenda – Moving from giving information to persuasive communication; Structuring your information so you tell the ‘story’ communicate your message and deliver quotes – Message mapping; Using language to persuade and influence people – media language.
CES 5 : ADVANCED TOPICS IN OCCUPATIONAL TOXICOLOGY
Speaker: John Frangos
Delivery level: Intermediate
John is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment (FACTRA) he has worked in corporate and consulting roles for greater than 20 years. He has provided toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory advice to a broad range of industries and government bodies and regularly acts as an independent expert in response to environment and public health threats. Providing practical and timely advice is a challenge for toxicologists. Data sets where available are diverse and complex and commonly data is absent. Such challenges are met with using the paradigm of risk assessment and a wide array of tools and assessment techniques within that paradigm. Combining these allows for clear advice with transparent rationale as to how decisions were made and unknowns dealt with.
Toxicology in the 21st century – new initiatives new data sources. The US Government and other research institutes are investing large amounts of money into developing rapid screening toxicity tests to prioritise and build hazard profiles. This presentation will provide an overview of the programs, types of tests and their current and future uses | Emerging chemicals – what are they and where do they come from | Assessing potential skin exposure risks; This will look at the test systems available and the assessment techniques used to estimate exposure from skin exposure | How can I use in vitro toxicology data in workplace evaluations ? This is a summary of biological modelling techniques that can be applied to translate in vitro toxicity data into an in vivo dose. Identifying
Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace – Sources and tools available to assess reproductive hazards. | Establishing control limits for chemicals without exposure standards; Hazard
Banding is now routine and encoded in guidelines | Key considerations in establishing occupational exposure standards – how do you choose an overseas exposure standard ?
How current are the sources how comparable are these sources to Australia WES?
CES 6 : START WITH THE END IN MIND: HOW TO GIVE COMPELLING
Speaker: Linda Apthorpe
Delivery level: Introductory/ Intermediate
As a consultant occupational hygienist, Linda provides consulting, specialised training and laboratory services to a wide variety of workplaces. She is a Fellow Member of AIOH and a Certified Occupational Hygienist, and is a Lecturer for the Work Health & Safety Program (Occupational Hygiene Specialisation) at the University of Wollongong. Linda has an extensive background as a consultant occupational hygienist within a wide range of workplaces. her expertise extends to hazards such as asbestos, dust, silica, noise, and chemicals. She also is involved in a wide range of training and presentations including design, writing, reviewing, presenting/facilitating and integration of digital technologies to enhance communication/learning. The range of sessions conducted includes hazard awareness and worker training, technical and educational training.
This CES will be an interactive workshop focussed on designing your presentation to get your message across including tips for engaging your audience, presenting and designing your power point slides. The CES will be useful for anyone who wants to gain more confidence through presenting and those wishing to improve their communication and presentation skills to make compelling presentations.
CES 7 : VISUALIZATION OF EXPOSURE WITH PIMEX
Speaker: Andre Winkes
Delivery level: All Levels
In 1983 Andre started his career as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in the USA on the topic of indoor air quality. Since 1984 he has been working as a consultant at Arbo Unie OHS in Arnhem in a range of functions, but always involved in projects in the field of occupational health and safety, for a broad range of organisations. Andre specialises in chemical exposure and health effects. From 1996 until 2004 he was the co-founder and board member of the Dutch Certification Authority for Industrial Hygienists. Since 2005 he has been involved in organizing the annual Dutch Occupational Hygiene Conference. In 2014 he became a member of the Dutch knowledge platform on Electromagnetic Fields. In 2016 he started as a member of the supervisory board for the Masters education “Safety” at the Technical University Delft. Since December 2017 he is a
board member of the International Occupational Hygiene Society.
Visualization methods of exposure can make a tremendous difference in better understanding hazards/risk and the measurement that can be taken. In this CES different methods of visualization used in different situation are showed, discussed, but most important to show how it can be used in your own work practice. The students of this CES will get access to free professionally made films and are introduced to the methods that are used. PIMEX is one of these methods and is a so called video exposure monitoring method. It makes invisible hazards in the work environment visible and in this manner facilitates the reduction of hazards in workplaces. The name PIMEX is an acronym from the words PIcture Mix EXposure, and implies that the method is based on mixing pictures, in this case from a video camera, with data on a worker’s exposure to some agents.
CES 8 : SAMPLING ADVANCEMENTS TO MEET CHALLENGES IN 2018
Speaker: Debbie Dietrich
Delivery level: Intermediate
The sampling technology of the occupational hygiene profession is constantly evolving to meet new challenges. This course will review advances in air sampling to better assess the health-related dose, total dose from multi-phase contaminants, new types of materials in the workplace, lower exposure limits, and the need for immediate indications of exposure levels. Sampling options for high profile contaminants making news will also be covered such as chromium compounds with new TLVs, silica, nanomaterials, and chemical sterilants including peracetic acid.
CES 9 : ADVANCED EXCEL FOR INDUSTRIAL HYGIENISTS
Speaker: Daniel Drolet
Delivery level: Intermediate
Daniel has worked 33 years at the Québec Research Institute in Occupational Health and Safety (IRSST) in Montréal, Canada. His main research activities deal with the development of laboratory analytical methods and exposure assessment strategies, adjustment of OELs to unusual work schedules, chemical mixtures management ... He has developed with many collaborators numerous applications for both laboratory and industrial hygiene uses, for the benefit of the industrial hygiene community (MIXIE, Heat Stress tools , ProtecPo , Saturisk). Daniel is also an active member of the AIHA Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee and has been involved in their “cool new tools” development (Multilanguage IHSTAT, IHMOD, IHEST and IH SkinPerm). He has been selected in 2012 by AIHA to receive the Edward J. Baier Achievement Award in recognition of his significant contribution to industrial hygiene in recent years.
Participants must have at least 4 years of practical experience in Excel. This course is particularly intended for those creating and developing spreadsheets related to industrial hygiene that want to make their first steps into the Visual Basic world! Upon completion, the participants will be able to: Use database operations, such as Logic or DB Functions, sort, filters and Pivot-Table operations efficiently | Implement data validation processes and worksheet protection and use EXCEL audit tool | Integrate objects (scrolling lists, radio buttons, spinner …) and pictures in the worksheet and control these objects by adding Hyperlinks or assigning macros to them | Create user-defined functions (UDF) for complex industrial hygiene equation using VBA, and integrate control structures and error management into them | Record simple VB macros (subs) and edit them to fine-tune their actions | Integrate all these concepts in the design of s future worksheet. The well-known “AIOH Adjustment of WES to extended work shift” will be used as an example
CES 10 : METHODOLOGY FOR RECOMMENDING WORKPLACE EXPOSURE
Speaker: Irene Horne
Delivery level: Intermediate
Under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations, workplace exposure standards are airborne concentrations of a chemical that are not to be exceeded. Workplace exposure standards are expected to protect against adverse effects on the health of an exposed worker. However, natural biological variation and the range of individual susceptibilities mean some people might experience adverse health effects below the exposure standard. Typically, workplace exposure standard values are decided taking into account available data. They are generally based on the adverse effect that occurs at the lowest airborne concentration of the chemical, or the ‘critical effect’; protecting for the critical effect is expected to be protective for all other adverse effects. This continuing education seminar will:
• provide an introduction to workplace exposure standards
• explain the methodology to update the workplace exposure standards developed by Safe Work Australia, and
• work through practical examples of deriving workplace exposure standards.
CES 11 : NOISE CONTROL FROM DESIGN TO IMPLEMENTATION - HOW
TO MAKE IT WORK
Speaker: Wayne Seeto
Delivery level: Intermediate
Wayne has over 17 years engineering experience spanning manufacturing, oil and gas contracting and consulting. After graduating, he initially worked in manufacturing subsea fibre optic cable in Sydney for 3 years before the dot com bubble burst. Wayne then moved to London and worked for MW Kellogg (now KBR) for 7 years as a Principal Noise Control Engineer in the oil and gas industry. In 2011, he moved to Perth and joined SVT (now Wood) and is currently a Principal Consultant working on projects in the oil & gas and mining industries both within Australia and overseas.
Wayne graduated from the University of NSW in 1998 with a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded the UK Institute of Acoustic’s Post-graduate Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control in 2006. He has written and presented a paper at the 2013 International Congress of Sound and Vibration. During his time in the UK, he was a member of the UK Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and a committee member of the Noise and Vibration Engineering Group within the IOA and currently, he is a member of the Australian Acoustical Society.
Noise Control: From Design to Implementation. Introduction - Why is noise control important Terminology | Knowing the end game - Goals for noise control, Strategies | Identifying the
hazards - Who; What | Evaluating the risk - Risk assessment; Prioritisation | Determining ALARP - Definition; Factors to consider; Example methodology | Project Noise Control - Noise specifications; Noise control design; Procurement; Noise Testing; Installation | Noise Control Solutions - Fundamentals of noise control; Noise control techniques; Common solutions.
CES 12 : LEADERSHIP IN OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE
Speaker: Marcus Cattani
Delivery level: All levels
Marcus has been a member of AIOH for over 20 years, whilst in various industry, consulting and academic roles. He has a PhD (Murdoch) and MSc (IOM/Aberdeen, UK) in Occupational Hygiene, and works as a Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. His teaching and research focuses on safety leadership and risk management, for students in the Schools of Medical and Health Sciences, and Business and Law. Marcus is leading several research projects (eg: http://www.injuryalarm.com), supervising Masters and PhD research projects, and writing new texts in this area. Marcus is involved in several professional organisations and is currently the Chair of the SIA (WA) Branch Committee.
This one day interactive Continuing Education Seminar offers an opportunity to learn and practice a series of leadership tools designed to assist you and your team be more effective leaders in occupational hygiene. Since “the way we do things around here” means introducing a consistent approach, you will learn and practice a series ‘tools’ and ideas to take back to your workplace and use. How do you know if you are an effective leader? What do you expect from your team members? How do you communicate injury risk? It needs to be interesting and engaging! Amongst the practical ideas presented, is a team engagement workshop using a glass of beer, a ping pong ball and some chop sticks! The session is suitable for potential leaders, new leaders, tired leaders or those who have recently found out they need to work together! Marcus, who has worked for over 20 years in Occupational Hygiene, will use a series of industry examples to help you become an effective leader in occupational hygiene. This work is a summary of 5 years research and development with several commercial organisations, Edith Cowan University and the West Australian
CES 13 : HAZMAT RESPONSE AND SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
Speaker: DrMichael Logan
Delivery level: Advanced
He has responded to more than 1500 HAZMAT incidents across Queensland, Australia and internationally. These have ranged from illicit labs, biological related releases,
radiological, incidents chemical fires, spills, and explosions. He has a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of New South Wales and has been a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. He also has various emergency management qualifications and is a HAZMAT specialist (NFPA 472). He has also been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal. He coordinates a number of programs across the QFES including enhancing capabilities within QFES to manage HAZMAT incidents.
Detection and identification of chemical and radiological hazards is essential to underpin risk based decision making including the selection and monitoring the performance of risk control measures to manage activities at a workplace including emergencies safely and effectively. To can also assure compliance with company policies or regulated criteria, or detect deviations from “normal conditions” or good practices. There are unfortunately still too many injuries as a result of inadvertent exposure to chemicals. In this continuing education session we will address many areas of detection using case studies to highlight specific areas including technologies you are familiar with. We will step way beyond a simple four gas instrument to new and emerging technologies whether it be wireless connectivity, detectors, and decision support software that will impact your profession in the years to come. The Education Session will focus on Existing and new technologies, why to use detectors, how to select detectors, what do the results mean and what you can do with these results. These questions will be examined through the lens of emergency operations arising from an array of seemingly common industrial settings. We will also apply decision support software introducing new detection decision support software tools that will enable
consistent and uniform decisions to be made irrespective of the user’s prior knowledge and expertise. When you leave this Continuing Education Session you will have more detailed knowledge about detection including emerging technologies, decision support tools and detector application to occupational hygiene and emergency management.
CES 14 : HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT
Speaker: Kate Cole
Delivery level: Intermediate
Kate is a Certified Occupational Hygienist who has worked in the construction industry for almost two decades on projects in Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. She holds degrees in Science, Engineering, and Occupational Hygiene, and works on major projects involving complex contaminated land remediation and tunnel construction. Currently the Manager of Occupational Health and Hygiene with Ventia, Kate works across most tunnels under construction in Sydney. Kate was the recipient of the 2013 Draeger AIOH Young Hygienist Award, the 3M Top Student Prize at the University of Wollongong, the Thiess Managing Directors Award, a graduate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Future Leaders Institute, a past AIOH Councillor, and in 2016 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Holly Fletcher is a Certified Occupational Hygienist, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Science, majoring in Occupational Hygiene Practice. Holly has worked on major projects in various industries throughout Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Laos, including gas extraction, resource recovery, complex contaminated land remediation and large-scale tunnelling and underground mine expansion projects. In her Occupational Hygiene consultant role with Ventia, Holly services tunnel construction projects in Sydney. Holly was the recipient of the AES Postgraduate Scholarship in 2013, and holds a graduate research scholarship at the University of Wollongong where she is midway through completing a PhD investigating health interventions that improve health outcomes in Chilean mine workers. In 2018 Holly was selected to participate in the American Industrial Hygiene Association Future Leaders Institute in the USA.
Together, both Kate and Holly are currently supporting Transport for NSW on Australia’s largest public transport project, the Sydney Metro as the Occupational Health and Hygiene Manager.
Health Risk Assessment is a way of gathering information that describes the magnitude of potential consequences of a harmful event and the likelihood that these consequences will occur. This CES will explore the processes that support qualitative and quantitative health risk assessment as tools that can be used by occupational hygienists to prioritise the implementation of control measures to reduce health risks. It will include case studies of health risk assessments involving respirable crystalline silica and occupational noise for both
routine and non-routine work activities as examples on large scale construction projects.
CES 15 : GENETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY TO OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES –
CONNECTING DNA TO HARM PREVENTION
Speaker: Dr Doug Boreham
Delivery level: Intermediate
Dr. Boreham is also the principal scientist at Bruce Power, Manager of the Integration Department, and is the NOSM/Bruce Power Research Chair in Radiation and Health. Dr. Boreham is a recognized leader in the field of radiation health and environmental effects. He was selected as an expert Canadian delegate for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) in 2012. He has earned several awards including: McMaster President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction (2004),
Canadian Nuclear Achievement Award for outstanding Education and Communications (2005), Canadian Radiation Protection Association – Distinguished Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Radiation Protection (2009), The International Dose-Response Society selected Dr. Boreham as recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award in the field of Dose Response. .
Modern molecular technologies are changing the way human and environmental health can be monitored and protected. Research studying DNA modification in the workplace will provide better understanding of how harm is caused and prevented, identify susceptible subpopulations, and provide insight into occupational exposure limits when genetic predisposition is taken into account. This presentation will outline the types of modern genetic tools used in our research and the biological endpoints of concern. We will report on new results from animal experiments that show stresses in the workplace to pregnant mothers can change the programming of DNA in offspring and consequently cause illnesses such as low birth weight, hypertension and diabetes. We have a unique underground life sciences research laboratory in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLab) that allows us to test the effects of deep underground mining environments. We have shown that developing White Fish embryos show significant developmental changes when reared underground compared to embryos grown on the surface. We developed a human cell line model system
to measure cellular transformation to cancer, and using a specialized growth chamber we will begin to test effects of sub-terrestrial exposures on cancer induction. An overview of the potential merits of genetic susceptibly testing for risks associated with workplace exposures will be presented. The absence of testing in the workplace will be addressed from the ethical, societal and legal perspectives. The merits and detriments of new legislation passed in Canada in 2017 to prevent genetic discrimination will be discussed.
CES 16 : EXPERT WITNESS TRAINING
Speaker: Richard Skurnik
Delivery level: Introductory
Richard Skurnik is the CEO and founder of ExpertsDirect, a leading platform for matching lawyers with expert witnesses. Richard holds degrees in law and finance from UNSW and upon admission Richard commenced working in commercial litigation at Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson). Through his immersion in the wold of top-tier legal, corporate and government services Richard was quickly able to see inadequacies in the conventional methodology for sourcing reliable expert witnesses leading him to restructure and streamline the process. Providing experts from a breadth of disciplines ranging from Construction and Engineering to Medico-Legal and Finance, ExpertsDirect is dedicated in providing the most suitable expert witnesses for any case.
This introductory presentation will provide you with insight into preparing expert reports, the assessment of expert evidence in court, and topical issues concerning expert evidence - What is expert evidence? Are you an expert? Requirements for admissible expert evidence - Structure of an admissible expert witness report, Expert Witness Code of Conduct, Conclaves, Joint reports and Hot Tubbing, Can experts be sued? Managing the lawyer’s expectations, Draft report, final, and supplementary reports, Case studies: Q&A.